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by Obay Alsharani

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It’s hard to reinvent lofi as so much is already done , but this album does just that, elevates it’s own genre to the next level. Beautiful textures , rhythms, even small movie scores are all present , a totally emotional journey to listen to. I’m in love ! Favorite track: Speak Your Truth.
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jack-chuter I love how carefully Obay pours these melodies onto the tape, which in turn seems to bend under the weight of them. I suspect he's also a total connoisseur in flavours of static/white noise, from light rain to cotton-ball-head-fog. The interference is employed so thoughtfully.
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ABADIR One of the best lo-fi ambient albums I listened to in years. Truly mature and beautiful album Favorite track: Nattåg.
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da5idh Amazing back story for Obay, and Sandbox demonstrates an easy going maturity in sound, texture and tones drawing comparisons to the usual woozy suspects but this is much more than a copy, it has a blissful beat all of it's own.
Favorite track: Nattåg.
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    Limited edition pro-dubbed cassette. Comes in Maltese cross package with a set of 10 art cards - each corresponding to a track from the album.

    In light of recent developments around the provision of sub-standard and inadequate housing to refugees here in England, we have decided that the label's share of profits from the sale of the cassette will be donated to:

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Cocoon 01:45 video
Peyo 02:44 video
Nattåg 03:37 video
Love, Fading 02:53
Remember 03:41
Release 03:42
Sleep 02:23 video


Obay's exquisite ambient soundworlds conjure the snowscapes and the shifting colours of the Arctic night sky. Lo-fi orchestral samples, melodies that tease the subconscious mind, and half-heard field recordings combine to produce an album with serious emotional weight.

Obay Alsharani is a Syrian migrant now settled in Sweden, and Sandbox is his debut album. Obay started producing music back in 2013 in his homeland of Syria. His lo-fi productions fused dusty samples of Arabic music with crunchy hip-hop beats, and he gained a dedicated following on Soundcloud after he started releasing his productions under the name Khan El Rouh; “ was great for escapism from all the horror that was happening outside when we watched what we started as peaceful protests for social equality and freedom of expression descend into a ravaging civil war between a brutal regime and the Islamists who took over the revolution”

As the situation in Damascus worsened, Obay fled Syria eventually being offered a scholarship in Sweden, which led to an extended period in refugee accommodation in the far north of the country while he awaited the result of his residence application. Here he resumed his beat-making, and also sought refuge in the world-building game Minecraft, a place where he could momentarily forget the chaos and destruction in his homeland and the upheaval and uncertainty of his situation in Sweden, and concentrate on creation.

After his residency was granted, Obay found a home and a job but became dissatisfied with his music production. So, inspired by the beauty of the Swedish landscape, the shifting colours of the Northern Lights, and the ambient sounds that had brought him comfort during this turbulent time, particularly C418's Minecraft soundtrack, the music of Boards of Canada and Colleen, Obay embarked on the production of the deeply personal, calming and sheltering music that became Sandbox.

At the same time he started to experiment with visual art, and particularly video feedback art, stills from which make up all the artwork for Hive Mind's delicious limited edition cassette release. We decided to release the album as a cassette in tribute to Obay's work with magnetic tape, but we've made the tape release as special as possible by housing it in a bespoke Maltese Cross package that contains the cassette and a set of 10 art cards, each presenting a still image from one of Obay's video experiments and corresponding to one of the album tracks.

Over recent months we've taken great solace in this beautiful, ethereal music and we hope it'll provide you with a place of refuge and regeneration in these chaotic times.


released February 19, 2021

All music and art by Obay Alsharani


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Obay Alsharani Stockholm, Sweden

Obay Alsharani is a Syrian artist now based in Sweden who works with both sound and image

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